Cozumel’s Marine Park officials are keeping a close eye on yet another invasive species on the island that is threatening indigenous flora and fauna:  the sea pine tree.  The Casuarina ( latin name:equisetifolia) is a invasive tree that originates from  Australia and New Guinea,  and, according to reports from  Abelardo Brito, head of  the Department Against Invasive Species within the  Parque Marino Nacional “Arrecifes Cozumel,”  it is as aggressively invasive to the protected northern beaches as the lionfish is to the Marine Park .

The Casuarina, a very co­mmon looking pine tree can be found on many of the island’s northern shoreline beaches.  The inoffensive looking pine competes for space with many of the native  plants and trees that do not grow as quickly, such as the mangroves, which are an important and protected eco-system.    The trees also produce a dense root system, that doesn’t allow turtles to dig their nests on beaches, as they have done for many years.  Lastly, since it’s not indigenous, the Sea Pine also does not serve as a refuge or a food source for any of the island’s wildlife.

In fact, it’s hypothesized that the Sea Pine arrived on the island as part of the meteorological phenomenon that made up Hurricane Wilma.  As a result, the Department against Invasive Species is actually recommending eradicating the trees from the island, and is actively seeking funding and support to remove the invasive Casua­ri­na. For more information, check out the PNAC webpage.

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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